Thursday, 4 April 2013
D = Driving
Sooo, I am blogging about DRIVING today because I have recently had to do the California ‘Behind the Wheel’ and written test which I was very nervous about on both occasions. I had lots of fun waiting at the DMV centre in Laguna Hills...lots of fun indeed.
I passed my driving test in the UK 17 years ago so have been driving for a long time. I consider myself to be a good driver, maybe driving a little fast sometimes but not dangerously. I have never been in an accident, touch wood (I’m touching my head now), but I do get quite angry with other drivers, not to the point where I would do anything other than swear and the odd gesture with my fingers/hands!...but that’s pretty harmless, isn’t it??
Anyway, so I passed my UK driving test 1st time around and did the California driving tests a few weeks ago. I was very pleased with myself on the written test, I got every question right! (I’m a perfectionist), I wanted a gold star on my paper but that didn’t happen. However, with the ‘Behind the wheel’ test, the examiner marked me down for loads of things...especially not scanning the road enough?? If I had scanned anymore, I wouldn’t have been able to see where I was going! I still passed though, just with more minor errors than I would have liked. It probably didn’t help that she chatted to me throughout the test! are they allowed to do that?
Since driving in California, I have had to learn to drive an automatic on the wrong side of the road (compared to the UK anyway). My friends from the UK ask me what driving is like over here in the USA. Well, where I am in Irvine, its fast and fierce (which suits me). Everyone seems to drive big cars and everyone seems to tailgate. At each set of lights, it’s like being at Formula One, on your marks....get set....go!!!.....is this normal?? Why does everyone seem to be in such a rush and never indicating?
I have bought a little mini cooper, just like I had in the UK and I love it, it suits me. My mum had a mini years ago, back in the 1960’s. Here is an old photo of her and my dad with the car...followed by a more recent one of me with mine.
Here is a little sketch I have done of my beloved mini cooper!
One thing I love about cars in the USA is the number plates, they look really cool (awesome!)... I found these images earlier showing artwork using number plates: